Friday, June 20, 2008

Tuition increase

From the Birmingham News:

The cost to attend the University of Alabama will increase by more than 12 percent this fall, the UA System Board of Trustees decided Friday.

Tuition and fees at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will increase by more than 10 percent and at the University of Alabama in Huntsville by 14 percent.

Each university is also cutting costs across the board, including reducing some positions.

System officials said the measures are needed to make up for a drop in state funding. Altogether, with the reduced state appropriations and rising costs of energy, retiree benefits and other needs, the three schools need to make up $98 million, said Chancellor Malcolm Portera.

Tuition and fees for Alabama undergraduates at UA will increase from $2,850 last year to $3,200 this fall.

At UAB, the cost will go from $2,104 to $2,332 for students in arts and humanities, math and science and social sciences; costs for engineering, business and education students will go from $2,152 to $2,380. Both increases are more than 10.5 percent.

At UAH, the cost will go from $2,284 to $2,604.

HERE IS WHO YOU CAN BLAME.

10 comments:

Clayton said...

paulh@alaedu.org

This kinda stuff drives students to consider online classes over lecture based classes.

G said...

I never trusted his cheesy smile anyway...

StaciDarling said...

Oh my... :[

Nicholaus said...

This is the very reason I have decided to withdraw my membership from AEA. First, he nearly lost me my job in May, and now higher education will be choked into submission...way to go Paul!!!

Justin B. said...

That man is a total douche.

Cherith said...

PH is not my favorite person either...but I've taught in Alabama K-12 public schools for 9 years (all grades!) and benefited from 3 higher ed institutions in our state. So, I feel qualified to voice my opinion. And it is simply that. There is much more going on here than Hubbert (or the AEA) punishing university students. I read this article recently while visiting my aunt, who happens to be the budget director for the another major university in the state - http://www.oanow.com/oan/news/local/article/ted_little_its_time_for_the_alabama_senate_to_grow_up/20343/. The chancellors/presidents and higher ed supporters in the senate are just as much to blame for this problem and the stakes are the education budget of ALL of our schools. Hubbert simply had the power to say, "Drive my way or I'll raise the price of your gas." And he had a publicly availably photo. :) imho

Cherith said...

Ok....trying again....:)


http://www.oanow.com/oan/news/local/article/ted_little_its_time_for_the_alabama_senate_to_grow_up/20343/

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Cherith, for your most insightful comments. I'm stepping off my soap box now - no need.

~L

Anonymous said...

I would just like to point out that of all of the increases listed, UAB is still the lowest.

Maybe we, UAB, should be thankful that the increase is as small as it is. Just a thought.

~L

Meredith said...

it was originally supposed to be a 28% increase. so we got out pretty luck. next year however, it looks like a 23% increase in tuition. good times...